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28r d, jZfand^<fnta-~Ano&er slaam %ht, as cm the preceding <byy
oaly with the characters reyersedi ihe women on this occasion being- the
wires of the Oosiras of the Nsad-g&nw temple, and their antagonists the
men of Baw&na. The combatants ar® drawn up more in battle-array, instead
of gMrmishing by twos and threes? and rally round a small yellow pennon that
is carried in their midst | but the ihow is less picturesque in its accessories,
being held on a Tdrj dusty spot            the town, ami wm more of a Phaliie
FA.           the SoR.   PMI^-«Hep0 is a sacred pond called PmhMd-
bind, ml the feet of its taring preferred its original name gives a dn&9
m in so many parallel cases^ to .the older form of the name now bom® by the
Tillage. Local pandits would derfw the word jpUfatftonL it® YerbpMnws,
"to tear in pieces/5 with a reference to the fate of PrahM's impions father^
Himnya-Kasipu : but such a formation would be contrary both to role and to
experience^ rod the word 1% beyond a donbty a oozroptian of RtHMa-grfcia.
Amying at the Tillage about an hour before smisetj I found a crowd of
some 5 $000 people closely packed in the narrow spaces on th® margin of the
pond and swarming over the tops of the homes and the branches of all the
trees in th® neighbourhood. A large bonire had been stacked half-way
between the pond and a little shrine dedicated to PraMMj Inside wMch the
Khera-pat, or Panda, who was to take the chief part in the performance of the
day, was sitting telling Ms beads. At 6 *. IL the pile was % aads being com-
posed of the most inflammable materials! at onoe burst into such a tremendotss
Maze that I felt myself scorching^ though the little Mllodc where I was seated
was a good many yards away, Howeyeij the lads of the Tillage kept on
running close round it, jumping and Glancing and brandfsMng their MtM&9
while the P&nda went down and dipped in the pond and then, with Ms
dripping p$g?i and dhoti 01% ran back and made a feint of passing throng®
ti® fee. In reality lie only jumped over the outermost Targe of the Bmonl*
daring ashes and then dashed into Ms cell again, mnoli to the dissatisfaction
of the spectators, who say that the former incumbent used to do it mnch
more thoroughly. If on the next recurrence of the festival iihe P&nda stows
'Mmseif equally timid, the vikge proprietort threaten to eject Mm, as
m impostor^ from the land which hi holds rent*&e® simply on the score of hit
being fire-prooŁ
JToftp-' After fitting a Hit!® -Mle at a. nodi of the ordinary
* gjiY6& by one of the prinoipal tsaderi m the town, I went on to §ee